coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon, family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (especially Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

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On the suggestion of the anthropologists, Vargas Llosa offered a tinkay, a ritual offering of coca leaves and cane liquor. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 The analysis revealed traces of bufotenine, benzoylecgonine (BZE) and cocaine (likely from coca leaf), dimethyltryptamine (DMT), harmine, and possibly psilocin, a chemical component of psychedelic mushrooms. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch," 6 May 2019 Annual data released by the U.N. indicates Colombian coca cultivation increased 17 percent to 171,000 hectares (660 square miles) in 2017. Cesar Garcia, Fox News, "UN says Colombia's coca production surges to record high," 19 Sep. 2018 The soaring coca levels have tested traditionally close ties with the United States. Manuel Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges," 6 Aug. 2018 The coca surge comes as the number of new cocaine users and overdose deaths continues to rise dramatically in the United States. Washington Post, "US report: Colombia coca production surges to record high," 26 June 2018 And despite the Colombian government’s effort to eradicate the plant, coca cultivation is at an all-time high. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 Drug use and cartels surround the cocaine trade, but there’s another side of the story: the families in rural Colombia that rely on the coca leaf as their only means of income. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 The drug comes from the leaf of the coca plant, which is harvested and processed in the country. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of coca

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coca

Spanish, from Quechua kuka

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coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Medical Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon of the family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (as Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

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